The mid-engine C8 Chevrolet Corvette is coming eventually. When that will be remains a mystery. However, as much of the automotive industry is focused on the mid-engine Corvette—a car that’s been rumored for decades—there’s been little discussion about GM’s plan for the current-generation C7 Chevrolet Corvette. A new post on Corvette Forum suggests General Motors could continue to produce the C7 Corvette through 2020; however, the details are sketchy, and there’s plenty of speculation to go around.
A GM internal document initially posted onto the forum makes it appear that GM is at least considering producing the C7 Corvette into the 2020 model year. The document lists C7 production for 2020 as TBD (to be determined). That could mean a litany of different things, sadly, and all we can do is speculate about what the automaker plans to do with the current-generation Corvette it introduced back in 2013.
GM could be waiting to decide what to do with Corvette production based on the development of the C8 Corvette. Previous reports indicated C8 Corvette production would start in 2019 with the model hitting the market as a 2020 model. However, problems have plagued the development process that has allegedly delayed its rollout.
In December 2018, we reported the C8 Corvette was delayed six months due to an electric issue. News of the delay came days after GM said it would not unveil the mid-engine Corvette at the 2019 North American International Auto Show. Rumors suggested C7 Chevrolet Corvette production would end in August 2019 with C8 Corvette production staring a month later. However, a new rumor suggests production won’t start until December of this year, three months later than previously believed.
If the document is accurate, then GM could be tying its decision on C7 Corvette production to the development of the C8 Corvette.
GM may have recognized that a mid-engine Corvette may not be for everybody, and selling the C7 Corvette with its traditional layout alongside the revolutionary C8 could keep a broader audience happy. That said, C7 Corvette inventories have been piling up. So as much as we would love to see two Corvettes on the market, demand for the traditional model appears to be waning.